PSA: Please clear snow away from your hydrants


Fire hydrants are a vital source of water for firefighting and if they are buried in snow, critical time is lost, as fires can double in size every minute. You can help the Orange City Fire Department by removing snow away from fire hydrants as it may save you or your neighbor’s family or property.


Denny Vander Wel
OCFD Fire Chief


2016 Tulip Festival ticket sales begin Feb. 1

2016 Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the 2016 Tulip Festival Extravaganza, Night Show and reserved parade seating will go on sale Monday, Feb. 1. Ticket sales will begin at 9 a.m. at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. The 76th annual Tulip Festival will take place May 19-21.


The annual Tulip Festival Extravaganza will take place Wednesday, March 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event will include a luncheon and program at Prairie Winds Event Center. Tickets are $15 each through March 4, and $20 each beginning March 5.


Tickets for the 2016 Night Show, “West Side Story,” are $20 each. The production will take place at the Unity Christian Knight Center May 18-21, beginning at 8 p.m.


Reserved parade seats are $4 each. Seats are reserved beginning at 1 p.m. each day of the festival, and are reserved for Straat Feest, street scrubbing and the afternoon volksparade.


Value ticket books will also be available for purchase Feb. 1. The books include tickets to eight festival attractions and hold a value of $26, but are sold for $15 each.


All tickets for the Night Show and parade are reserved, and all are sold on a first come, first served basis. Questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510, and more information can be found at


“West Side Story” is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins. Book by Arthur Laurents. Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens.


“West Side Story” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www.

Beware of Utility Scam

It has come to the attention of the City Office of a utility scam that is in the area.

This scam involves receiving a call from someone claiming they are from Orange City Utilities or other local utilities. They indicate that payment for your utilities has not been received and that you will be disconnected soon.

To avoid disconnection, you are asked to get a money order and give them the payment.

The City of Orange City does NOT use an outside company to collect delinquent utility bills. All correspondence regarding any delinquent bill would come directly from the city.

Also, in accordance with the Iowa Utilities Board rules, we do not disconnect on weekends or if the temperature is forecast to be below 20 degrees within the next 24 hours.

If you receive one of these calls, please contact the Orange City Police Dept. @ 707-4251.

2016 Tulip Festival Night Show Auditions Scheduled

Night Show

Auditions for the 2016 Tulip Festival Night Show, “West Side Story,” are scheduled for three dates in January. Individuals age 16 and up are invited to audition.

Auditions for the Night Show will take place Jan. 12 and Jan. 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. All auditions will take place at the Orange City Town Hall. Those wishing to try out do not need to prepare any material prior to the auditions, but are asked to bring their schedules from February through May.

The cast of “West Side Story” will consist of 35 to 40 people, including Tony, Maria, Riff, Bernardo, Chino, Anita, Officer Krupke, Doc, members of the Sharks and Jets, and many more. Non-singing roles are also available for males in the production.

Tickets for the Night Show will go on sale for $20 each on Monday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. The show will take place May 18-21 at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510, and more information can be found at

“West Side Story” is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins. Book by Arthur Laurents. Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens.

“West Side Story” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www.

tulip bulb giveaway: nov. 4-6


free tulip bulbs

Color your part of the community vibrant with FREE tulip bulbs complements of the Orange City Parks and Recreation Department. Tulip bulbs are distributed on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

Where: Downtown Bandshell

When: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, November 4
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Friday, November 6

For more information contact: Mitch at (712)707-4885 or

orange city recycles: notes on acceptable materials

Orange City Recycles

Did you know that about 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet the average recycling rate is only 28%?

When recycling materials, please be conscious of which items are acceptable for including in your blue recycling bin. A list of both recyclable and non-recyclable materials per the Northwest Iowa Landfill is noted below, and more information can be found in this brochure. Thank you for your effort in creating a clean and healthy environment!

recyclable materials:

  • mixed paper – office paper, colored paper, shiny paper, envelopes (transparent windows okay), junk mail, catalogs (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), newspapers, brown paper bags, magazines (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), phone books (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), shredded paper (bag it separately), hardcover books (remove covers, reduce to 1/2 inch thick), paperback books (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), fiber board (cereal boxes, soda boxes), paper egg cartons
  • aluminum and metals – aluminum & tin cans, aluminum foil & pans, clean all cans, foil and pans
  • corrugated cardboard – corrugated cardboard, pizza boxes (must be clean), break it down and flatten!
  • plastic – all plastic containers labeled 1-5, milk and juice jugs, pop and water bottles, dish and liquid soap bottles, bleach and detergent containers, ice cream tubs and yogurt cups, cooking oil containers, lotion bottles, household cleaning containers Clean – no liquids, lids or caps and pumps
  • glass – glass needs to be dropped off in the bins located at the City Street Department. (809 Concord Place SE)

non-recyclable materials:

  • food & paper waste – frozen food & juice boxes, food wrappers & bags, dirty paper plates, cups & napkins, food waste (uneaten food), tissues, paper towels, wax paper
  • plastic – all plastic containers labeled 6-7, plastic containers with no numbered label, styrofoam & packing peanuts, plastic bags, plastic utensils, cups & plates, disposable diapers, plastic food wrapping, Tupperware containers, medical supplies and sharps, plastic toys
  • batteries and cell phones – due to fire hazard, no batteries and cell phones will be accepted at the Recycling Center, but are accepted at Northwest Iowa Household Hazardous Material Regional Collection Center
  • misc. – garbage, soiled mattress pads, landscaping material



Sioux County to receive Home Base Iowa designation on oct. 28

Home Base Iowa Logo

Orange City, Iowa – Sioux County will be designated as a Home Base Iowa county during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The designation will take place in the courtroom of the Sioux County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited to attend. Governor Terry Branstad will present the official designation at the event.

Home Base Iowa provides veterans with resources that assist them in finding employment in and becoming part of Iowa communities.

To receive the Home Base Iowa designation, communities and counties must meet four requirements: 10 percent of the businesses in the designated area must become Home Base Iowa businesses and pledge to hire a specific number of veterans; a welcome and incentive package must be developed for veterans; Home Base Iowa designation signage must be prominently displayed; and the local governing body must give a resolution of support.

“We are proud to receive the Home Base Iowa designation. We are excited to have a program that will help our local employers find much needed skilled employees,” says Mark Gaul, community development director for the City of Orange City. “We are glad to be able to assist our people coming out of the military and to provide them with quality employment and a place to call home.”

More information on the Home Base Iowa program is available on the county’s website:

C&S Developers to build professional plaza on Highway 10 in Orange City



C&S Developers to build professional plaza on Highway 10 in Orange City

The Orange City Development Corporation is pleased to announce the sale of the property and the building of a professional plaza along Highway 10, due west of Casey’s General Store.

C&S Developers, LLC, owned by Brian Schutt of Alton and Dave Cleveringa of Sioux Center, will own and manage the property. The 16,000-square-foot facility will offer build-to-suit space for multiple businesses.

“We are pleased to partner with C&S Developers to add retail and office space for new and expanded business in our community,” says Daryl Beltman, president of the Orange City Development Corporation.

Mike Hofman, executive director of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, explains that the new addition will complement the town’s business and retail community. “A vibrant retail environment fosters growth, and we believe this space will continue to enhance the many great things happening in Orange City,” he says.

Hofman adds that businesses have already expressed interest in the new development. “This building will allow us to offer additional options for location and retail space to people looking to locate or start their small business in Orange City,” he says.

C&S Developers is committed to the enhancement of the local business community. “We recognize the importance of strong economic and retail growth, and we look forward to working with current and future Orange City businesses in creating a positive economic impact for the community,” says Schutt.

Groundbreaking for the professional plaza is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

Schelling Construction of Sioux Center will build the professional plaza and plans to have some units ready for occupancy by Jan. 1, 2016.

Orange City Fifth Among Nation’s Top Christian College Towns

Orange City, home to Northwestern College, has been ranked fifth among the nation’s top 10 Christian college towns by The website’s rankings are based on how well a city that houses a Christian college offers students big-city amenities with a small-town feel.

“Northwestern College has played an integral role in the development of Orange City,” says Mayor Deb De Haan. “The residents enjoy a healthy ‘town and gown’ relationship that exists between the city and the college, and they recognize that many of the cultural and entertainment amenities available to them are a result of Northwestern being located here.”

The website’s ranking is based around both the on-campus atmosphere and the off-campus amenities located in the town surrounding a college or university. According to the website, “Most of the colleges that made the list are big cities with small-town charms. Let me be clear: Orange City is a small town with small- town charms.” It goes on to say, “It’s very Dutch, very clean and very safe. Students walk to the movies, to the coffee shop, and to Pizza Ranch. It’s a community rooted in family, which helps make it feel like home.”

In addition to amenities, community members and local churches also act as a benefit to Northwestern students. Local residents often welcome college students into their homes for meals, holiday celebrations and free laundry service.

“Among the many benefits Northwestern students and employees receive in Orange City are a safe environment and a vibrant local economy in the middle of America’s heartland,” says Mark Bloemendaal, Northwestern’s dean of enrollment and marketing. “Significant interaction between local residents and college students make it a home-away-from-home that results in lifelong relationships that cross generations, time zones and even continents.”

Orange City has been called one of the cleanest towns in America. With a population of around 6,000, it boasts a five-screen movie theatre, 18-hole golf course and restaurants ranging from coffee houses to fast-food chains and one-of-a-kind eateries. Orange City has also been ranked as the best town in Iowa to raise a family by Niche rankings (the 43rd best in the nation), and one of the 100 best small towns in the United States by

The rankings, at, list Nashville, Tenn., first; followed by Grand Rapids, Mich., at second. Other cities in the top 10 include Seattle and San Diego.

Fall Pool Hours

2016 Tulip Court Election to be held Sept. 9


The 2016 Tulip Court Election will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.

Voting for the 2016 Tulip Court will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. at Stadscentrum, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street North in Orange City.

Eligible voters are adults with an Orange City address and 7th through 12thgrade students at MOC-Floyd Valley, Unity Christian High School, and Orange City Christian School.

Candidate eligibility and general questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office by email at or by phone at 712-707-4510.

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Orange City Chamber of Commerce Plans Events for August 26


The Orange City Chamber of Commerce is planning two events in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council’s Arts on Central event happening Wednesday, Aug. 26.

A scavenger hunt, open to participants ages 18 and under, will take place with several downtown merchants. The scavenger hunt will begin at Stadscentrum, and participants will proceed to find wooden shoes and clues in downtown merchants’ stores.  Participants who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a prize, and will be entered to win one of two grand prizes for the event. The scavenger hunt will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Orange City Chamber of Commerce merchants will also be hosting their annual “Thanks with Franks” event from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to visit the participating merchants for free hot dogs, and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite hot dog at the event. Free will donations will be accepted for the new mural commissioned by the Orange City Arts Council.

Stadscentrum will be open during the Arts on Central event from 5 to 8 p.m.

Questions about the scavenger hunt or “Thanks with Franks” event can be directed to the Chamber office at 712-707-4510.

welcome back students & faculty



The cities of Orange City and Alton and all of our citizens are happy to welcome you to our schools and our communities this fall. Our merchants are ready to serve you with the finest merchandise and dependable service to help make your school year an enjoyable experience. Stop in to visit with us, we enjoy meeting you!

Caution: Our children will be walking and bicycling to and from school on sidewalks and painted, designated walkways. Please drive with care when entering our school route zones. Parents, please instruct your children to the safest and best routes to travel to school.

wooden shoe carvers needed


With many tour groups visiting and events happening at Stadscentrum, we’re seeking individuals who are interested in learning to carve wooden shoes.

Individuals ages 18+ are welkom to join one of our wooden shoe carving training sessions. Each session will begin at 8 a.m. and take place at Stadscentrum:
•Saturday, August 1
•Saturday, August 8
•Saturday, August 15 – CANCELLED

For more information or to register for a training session, please contact the Chamber of Commerce/Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510.


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OCAHS was also named in Top 20 CAH for Patient Satisfaction and among top 15% of all hospital nationally for patient experience.


For the second consecutive year, Orange City Area Health System has been named one of the 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by the National Rural Health Association, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics. The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on eight indices of strength using the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs. In addition to the Top 20 Critical Access Hospital recognition, 60 “best practice” designations were given to facilities that have achieved success in one of three key areas of performance: quality, patient satisfaction, and financial stability. Orange City Area Health System was named among the Top 20 in the Patient Satisfaction category. “We are truly honored to be listed in the Top 1% of critical access hospitals in the nation,” reports Marty Guthmiller, CEO for Orange City Area Health System. “It is a true testament to each of our 500 employees for the quality of care they provide, as well as the support attributed to us by our patients.” Orange City Area Health System was also recently recognized by Healthgrades as one of the top hospitals across the nation for patient experience. This recognition “distinguishes Orange City Area Health System as one of the top 15% of hospitals nationally and is based on paient response to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive non-profit health system including a critical access hospital and birth center; four medical clinics served by 17 family practice providers; a sports medicine clinic: a behavioral health clinic; fertility, prenatal, OB, and birthing services; surgical and diagnostic imaging centers; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus consisting of a retirement community and senior care center. More information at

Northwestern College to host conference on communication Aug. 10-12

The Northwestern Leadership series conference, Courageous Communication, will offer proven strategies for employing the power of language to speak and lead better.

A professional conference focusing on effective communication will be held on the campus of Northwestern College Aug. 10 through 12. The Northwestern Leadership Series conference, titled Courageous Communication, will offer proven strategies for employing the power of language to speak and lead better. The conference is being sponsored by Northwestern College’s Graduate School and the college’s Franken Leadership Center in partnership with Pizza Ranch. Sessions will cover successful negotiating; conflict resolution; crafting powerful presentations; messaging that motivates; and using technology and remote communication to expand your business, brand and ability to get everyone on the same page. Keynote speakers include former news anchor Kristie VerMulm. Among the other speakers will be Dr. Chris Gurrie, a communication scholar at the University of Tampa; Paul Ten Haken, president of Click Rain, a digital marketing firm in Sioux Falls; Scott Peterson, CEO of Interstates Companies; Dr. Rick Melmer, South Dakota’s former secretary of education; and Angela Ten Clay, communication manager for Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and president of the Iowa chapter of the American Marketing Association. Sessions will also be led by three college presidents: Greg Christy of Northwestern College, Kurt Dykstra of Trinity Christian College and Dr. Alethea Stubbe of Northwest Iowa Community College. Conference registration is open until July 27; the Courageous Communication fee is $400 until July 15 and $450 starting July 16. Northwestern College alumni can attend the conference at a discounted rate of $350. Overnight accommodations are separate from the conference fee and are being provided by the Hampton Inn, Orange City, and the Holiday Inn Express, Sioux Center. Visit for conference details and to register.


Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) generates 679 jobs that add nearly $29 million to the region’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, OCAHS employees by themselves spend $6.1 million on retail sales and contribute over $368,000 in state sales tax revenue. “Once again we are reminded of the significant impact that health care has on the local and regional economy,” said Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “Second to our mission of providing excellent health services, this is something we are proud to contribute to the area we serve.”

The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector. The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals and with software that other industries have used to determine their economic impact. The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 71,324 people and create another 50,131 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $1.8 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.

In all, the health care sector, which includes offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners, nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and pharmacies, contributes $14.3 billion to Iowa’s economy while directly and indirectly providing 293,758 jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment. “Hospitals positively influence their local economies not only with how many people they employ and the salaries of those employees, but also through hospital purchases from local businesses as well as the impact of employee spending and tax support,” said Kirk Norris, IHA president/CEO. “Whether at the local level or statewide, there are few Iowa employers that generate economic activity comparable to hospitals.”

Justice For All Trailer to Temporarily Move


Justice for All would like to thank those who have donated items to us in the past and used our trailers in the appropriate manner, we are very thankful for your generosity. Unfortunately, we have received too many unwanted or unusable items. Because of this, all of our trailers are currently being used. We will be removing our trailer from Orange City until late summer/early fall. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at (712)476-2804.